How Environment & Initiatives Can Promote Better Health

The subject of the promotion of good health is a topic of increasing interest worldwide. The 2016 WPCC Speakers Forum Healthy People, Healthy Places: Local and Global Issues, focuses on endeavors by entrepreneurs, legal scholars, and conservation specialists to increase health and wellness awareness in individuals and communities. These free events will be held in WPCC’s Leviton Auditorium located in Moore Hall [map], and are free and open to the public. Receptions will be held after each event.

The Fall Speakers Forum/Ervin Constitutional Issues Program has a long history at the college; the first forum was held in 1967. It is an annual event, hosted by the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Senator Sam J. Ervin Library, and consists of three days during which students, faculty, staff, and the local community explore a timely topic and engage in conversation. We have an archive of prior Speakers Forum topics.

2016 Forum Events

Blue Zones: “Secrets of a Long Life”

Monday, October 3, 7:00 p.m., Leviton Auditorium, Moore Hall [map]

Photo of Tony ButtonerTony Buettner is a national speaker and the senior vice president of business development at Blue Zones.  To find the path to long life and better health, the Blue Zones Team studies the world’s “Blue Zones,” communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age.  In his talk, Tony will share the 9 diet and lifestyle habits – Power 9®– that keep Blue Zone communities spry past age 100.  Tony debunks the most common myths and offers a science-backed blueprint for adding 12 quality years of living.  Come to find out what you could do to live a longer life. 

Online Resources for Mr. Buettner’s Talk

  • Here Are the Secrets to a Long and Healthy Life by Simon Worrall in National Geographic
  • Blue Zones – Mr. Buettner’s research into areas in the world with higher than average life expectancy



Healthy People, Healthy Places: Food Justice and the Community Way

Tuesday, October 4, 11:00 a.m., Leviton Auditorium, Moore Hall [map]

Photo of Mikki SagerMikki Sager is vice president and director of resourceful communities at the Conservation Fund, which focuses on improving the well-being of Americans from every walk of life. Rural communities across Appalachia and the South have struggled to address a multitude of challenges: poverty, poor health, and lack of employment, especially for young people. While national news often focuses on the deficits in these regions, many resourceful communities are building on their assets – land, history, culture, and people – to feed the hungry, create jobs, launch businesses, and build strong communities. Come and learn about community organizations, faith groups, and leaders of all ages who are growing healthy food, healthy families, and healthy communities for the future. Each event will take place at the Leviton Auditorium on the WPCC campus and will last approximately 60 minutes. A reception with light refreshments will follow each presentation.



Beyond The War on Drugs:
Why the Criminal Justice System is the Wrong Way to
Address Drug Addiction

Thursday, October 6, 7:00 p.m., Leviton Auditorium, Moore Hall [map]

Photo of Barbara FeddersBarbara Fedders is a clinical associate professor of law and co-director of the Youth Justice Clinic. Professor Fedders will give a brief history of drug addiction in Western North Carolina, contextualizing it within the larger story of drugs — both prescription and non-prescription — in the United States. This history will include a look at the connection between over prescription of addictive opiates and the rise in heroin deaths. Professor Fedders will also explore the relationship between the “war on drugs” and mass incarceration. She will focus on the inefficacy of the criminal legal system for addressing drug addiction and distribution, as well as discuss evidence-based best practices in healthcare and the courts.



Please Note

WPCC complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and will make every effort to honor reasonable requests made by individuals with qualifying disabilities. Accommodations must be requested three business days in advance of school events or activities through the Office of Disability Services in Room 135 Hildebrand Hall or call (828) 448-3153 (voice/video relay). Sign language interpreters will be available at each event.